BEA pitches Web 2.0 functionality for portals

BEA Systems has upgraded its portal software to include Web 2.0 functionality.

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BEA Systems has upgraded its portal software to include Web 2.0 functionality.

The updated product, BEA WebLogic Portal 10, is able to expose portlets to other applications, which can be produced for use in mashup applications and processes.

Key to the product's new portlet capabilities is support for REST (Representational State Transfer) Web services.

"We've added in WebLogic Portal the ability to produce portlets over REST that external Web applications can consume," said Jay Simons, senior product marketing director at BEA. For example, a portlet that provides employee telephone search capabilities could be produced via REST, and another Web application could utilise it.

"The goal here [with REST] is to support a number of different extensibility points," for a portal, Simons said.

Also featured as part of Web 2.0 capabilities is an improved AJAX-style (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML) framework for building rich experiences for the Web. The portal desktop can be updated dynamically through AJAX.

Support of the WSRP (Web Services for Remote Portlets) 2.0 specification in the product provides for portlet-to-portlet communication and dynamic refreshing. New tools are provided in version 10 for portal management and governance.

BEA WebLogic Portal requires the use of BEA's WebLogic Server Java application server. The portal software also functions with the BEA WebLogic Workshop development tool.

BEA believes extensibility capabilities in its portal product provide an advantage over rival offerings from companies like IBM, Microsoft, SAP, and Oracle. Available now, version 10 of WebLogic Portal costs US$57,000 (£28,500) per CPU.

Rival portal vendor ClearApp plans to announce it is shipping QuickVision for IBM WebSphere Portal Version 6.0 which includes the capability for users to managing composite application performance.

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